The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony”: Why copyright laws need to be updated and honed for the digital age

How many readers remember what happened to songwriter Richard Ashcroft?  Ashcroft was the leader of the UK based band The Verve back in the 1990s. They had a monster hit in 1997 with the song “Bittersweet Symphony“, a song that continues to be considered a radio “gold standard”, getting airplay on thousands of stations around the world every week. A song which used a sample of an orchestral version of the Rolling Stones song “The Last Time”. There was a HUGE brouhaha over whether or not the sample was licensed, and so Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were added to

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